TWO Widnes teachers are celebrating after scooping one of the top titles available to the profession.
Janet Whittingham, of Fairfield High. and Terenia Gosney, of St Michael's RC Primary, both won titles in their categories of the North West. Teaching Awards.
Janet, head of performing arts at Fairfield, was named Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School while Terenia, headteacher at St Michael's, took the award for School Leadership in a Primary School.
The pair were honoured at a.. ceremony in Liverpool, where they took home silver plates and a prize package worth £3.000 for their schools, comprising a £2,000 grant and ICT equipment worth £1.000.
And they received a £500 professional bursary from the Department for Education and Skills to spend on their continuing development.
Janet and Terenia will now
OUTSTANDING WORK: Janet Whittingham - North West Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School
JANET Whittingham's work as head of performing arts is apparent throughout Fairfield High.
Some of her achievements include .putting together a staff choir that could sing in three part harmony within three weeks and encouraging pupils who have never picked up an instrument In their lives to go on to learn three or even four
Under Janet's direction, Fairfield’s school choir has visited St Mark’s Cathedral In Venice to sing and youngsters have enjoyed links with a school in Tongling, China, sharing musical knowledge, friendship and experience with pupils thousands of miles away.
In a testimony submitted to judges about Janet's work; It was noted that: 'Janet's teaching style Is outstanding.
'She uses Innovative and traditional methods very effectively within the classroom that result In excellent learning and high achievement.
'A simple example of Janet's talent and enthusiasm can be demonstrated by a parent who commented' that her eldest child displayed absolutely no musical inclination but. now a Grade 8 clarinet player.'
Janet said: 'I am amazed to have won because I work with 80 many other good teachers. 'But what Is lovely Is that the children nominated me.'
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be invited to attend the national ceremony in October, which will be featured in a special programme on BBC1.
The national winners receive further grants and equipment for their schools; bringing the total value of
prizes up to £25,000: .
The Widnes pair were nominated by parents. pupils, former pupils, colleagues and governors for the awards.
lan Kane, who chaired the judging panel, said: '2~ has seen a record number of nominations overall, with some categories full to overflowing.
"Nominations have been widely spread across the region. Which has meant a lot of travelling for the judges. It has been well worth a as, by all accounts, the quality of nominations has risen with the quantity.'
For more details on the awards and for information on how to nominate, visit www.teachingawards.com